Pennsylvania State Senator Fumo Indicted

By Matthew Zavala

Feb 6, 2007 2:33pm

ABC News’ Jake Tapper Reports: State Senator Vincent Fumo, D-Penn., was indicted on Tuesday along with three aides on charges of fraud, tax offenses, and obstruction of justice.

According to a Department of Justice release, Fumo is accused of defrauding the Pennsylvania State Senate of approximately $1 million and using Senate employees and contractors to serve fuel his personal and political needs.

Fumo is also accused of defrauding the Citizens Alliance for Better Neighborhoods, a non-profit organization that he helped establish to improve neighborhoods in Philadelphia.

According to U.S. Attorney Pat Meehan, Fumo is charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud; one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States; one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice; 60 counts of mail fraud; 41 counts of wire fraud; 32 counts of obstruction of justice; and two counts of aiding and assisting the filing of a false tax return.

Ruth Arnao, Leonard P. Luchko, and Mark C. Eister, all aides to Fumo, have also been charged in the indicment.

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